Aliens Invade Pop Culture

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An alien fan awaits to make her entrance during the 2009 UFO Festival Alien Costume Contest at Pearson Auditorium. The CIA has finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51 -- but made no mention any UFOs held there. Click through to see how aliens are depicted and celebrated in pop culture.
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Rico Suave and Blossom, all decked out in their alien finery, prepare to compete in the 2011 UFO Festival Alien Pet Costume Contest at the Roswell Convention Center in Roswell, New Mexico.
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Meatball tries to untie his shoe while awaiting the start of the 2009 UFO Festival Alien Pet Costume Contest Meatball eventually took 2nd place.
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In this image released by 20th Century Fox, David Duchovny, left, and Gillian Anderson are shown in a scene from, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," the second feature film inspired by the wildly popular X-Files franchise about two FBI agents who investigate unsolved cases of paranormal activity.
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In the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day," aliens invade earth on July 4 and it's up to Marine Corp Captain Steven Hiller, played by Will Smith, and his friends to fight them off and restore order.
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The Sweet Leilani's pose for a photo during the opening ceremonies of the Amazing Roswell UFO Festival in 2009.
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Savannah Sanchez, dressed as the 'Star Spangled Alien from the Planet Yankee Doodle' for the UFO Festival in 2008.
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Explore the dark corridors of Area 51 and discover answers behind alien conspiracy theories with the "Area 51" video game by Midway.
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Baby, looking chic while sporting designer glasses, participates in the pet costume contest during the 2008 Roswell UFO Festival. Baby eventually took the 3rd place prize.
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Tim Burton's dark comedy "Mars Attack" features big stars like Jack Nicholson and Natalie Portman fighting off unusually cruel and ugly aliens.
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Aliens pose for a photograph in front of the International UFO Museum in Roswell.
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Extra Terrestrials Lester, Violet and Baby Lola pose for a photograph during the 2008 Roswell UFO Festival.
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Sisters Sierra and Morgan Bertrand, offering face painting services during the 2008 UFO Festival.
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Aliens help kick off the 2008 Roswell UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico.
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Aliens pose during the 2008 Roswell UFO Festival.
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Roswell Space Center owners Sharon Welz, left, and her husband Larry Welz, are pictured outside their store in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Sharon Welz said that "we would welcome something like an alien roller coaster or a theme park, absolutely," regarding a desire by city officials who want to build a UFO-themed amusement park, complete with an indoor roller coaster that would take passengers on a simulated alien abduction.
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People in alien costumes stand on a street in the town of Bugarach, France, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Although the long expected end of the Mayan calendar has come, the New Age enthusiasts have steered clear from the sleepy French town of Bugarach, which gave some locals a chance to joke about the UFO legends that surround the area.
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People dressed in alien costumes attend a small party in the town of Bugarach, France, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Although the long expected end of the Mayan calendar has come, the New Age enthusiasts have steered clear from the sleepy French town of Bugarach, which gave some locals a chance to joke about the UFO legends that surround the area.
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A man carries a child by a model depicting what an alien may look like at an exhibition on "aliens" in Beijing, China, Monday, June 25, 2012.
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Portland artist Matt Henderson kneels in front of his "Alien Nativity" exhibit Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Portland, Ore. A former NE Portland church is decked out this holiday season for a 3-D journey that is, intentionally, confusing and provocative. Henderson has created an odd twist on nativity scenes - one that replaces the three wise men with four aliens and also includes a Santa Claus as a shaman, complete with a deer's skill carrying antlers.
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Taylor Kitsch is shown in a scene from "Battleship." The Hasbro Inc. game using plastic pegs and ships was once a way for kids to while away lazy summer afternoons. But Battleship the movie has become a potential franchise sporting Michael Bay-inspired special effects, aliens invading Earth, a bikini-model actress, superstar Rihanna and, of course, lots of guns.
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A spectator speaks to a performer dressed as an alien at the start of the fashion show titled "Tyre-Toy-Fashion Zhang Wei Collection" during China Fashion Week in Beijing, China in 2010.
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This image provided by DreamWorks shows a scene from the animated feature, "Monsters vs Aliens."
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Statues are for sale at the Annual International UFO Congress Convention Convention & Film Festival in Laughlin, Nev. in 2009.
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This photo taken in December 2006 at the Area 51 exhibit at the Alien Zone in Roswell, N.M., shows a staged alien autopsy.
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In this publicity image released by Universal Pictures, Harrison Ford, left, and Daniel Craig are shown in a scene from "Cowboys & Aliens."
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The Alien Queen from the 1986 movie Aliens is on display at the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium in Miami Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. The British-born exhibit "The Science of Aliens" opens at the museum Saturday making it the first North American stop.
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Shoot to kill -- aliens, that is -- in "Resistance: Fall of Man," one of the first games out for the PlayStation 3.
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A man dressed as an alien listens in to a woman's telephone call at a shopping mall, providing comic relief for onlookers, Wednesday, June 6, 2007 in Singapore. This street performer from Belgium is part of the month long Arts Festival being held in Singapore.
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In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, from left, Simon Pegg, Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and Paul the alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, are shown in a scene from the film, "Paul."
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